28 March 2012
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against the Council on access to documents goes before the European
This is only the sixth Special Report that the European Ombudsman has made to the European Parliament and is the strongest power available to him - it usually follows the failure of one of the institutions to respond positively to his Recommendations to change their practices. In this instance the European Ombudsman made two Recommendations to the Council and asked them to implement them on 1 March 2001. In the first the Council failed to provide copies of the documents requested and in the second the Ombudsman recorded "doubts" as to whether the Council would include references to all documents on its public register.
This is the eighth successful complaint that Statewatch has lodged against the Council on access to EU documents.
Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, commented:
"The European Ombudsman has again backed the cause of openness and access to documents in the EU. He has also laid down a marker that the Council public register has to contain details on all the documents considered at all levels of the decision-making and implementation process.
We now look to the European Parliament to back the Ombudsman and ensure that another major step for an open and democratic Europe is ensured"
Full-text of Statewatch's statement to the Petitions Committee
of the European Parliament on 20 June 2002: Statement
Full-text of the European Ombudsman's press release: Text (html) Text (Word 97)
Full-text of the European Ombudsman's Special Report to the European Parliament: Report (pdf) Report (Word 97) Report (html)
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